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Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1966 • Japan
Starring Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yusuke Kawazu
High schooler Kiroku Nanbu yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku’s sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. FIGHTING ELEGY (KENKA EREJII) is a unique masterpiece in the diverse career of Seijun Suzuki, combining the director’s signature bravura visual style with a brilliantly focused satire of machismo and fascism.